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The rain ’round here falls everywhere

By Walter Geiger Colonel Pickering constantly schooled Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady with Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s lyric, ‘˜The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain’. It is the hook that holds the musical and later movie adaptation together. I have no idea if it mainly rains in the plain in Spain but I do know that it rains everywhere hereabouts these days. After long years of drought, the floodgates have opened. Streams and springs that have long been dried up are running again. Rivers have been turned into raging beasts with flooding a serious possibility in the coming days and weeks. I watched Sunday morning as water came over the top of the Jackson Lake dam, making it look like photos I have seen of Niagara Falls. At the top of the dam, a small, aluminum boat with a little outboard engine teetered precariously close to going over the dam after apparently breaking lose from a dock somewhere. I don’t know if it took the plunge to the rocks below or not but when I went back by it was gone. The river below the dam had completely covered a boat ramp. The water roiled with hydraulics reminiscent of the Chattooga River in northeast Georgia. Keep in mind that all the rain that fell on suburban Atlanta’s vast acres of concrete and asphalt has not made it down here just yet but the surge is coming. Ponds and lakes that have been low or completely dried up for the past four or five years are now filled to overflowing. Spillways that have seen no water during that time sport grass and weeds flattened by escaping water. The water table, which had dropped to the point of drying up springs and wells, has risen to normal levels. We lost nine huge pines to high winds in late March. I was shocked at how shallow the root balls on these trees were and how much water was in the hole left when the trees were uprooted from the soaked soil by the gusts. Any sort of indentation in the ground is holding water – a sure sign that the groundwater is back. And, there is more to come. There is at least a slight chance of rain every day this week. So, maybe, we can go through one summer without drought and that would be a nice change. Of course, all this rain can be a pain and not just in Spain. Wedding receptions, festivals and all sorts of other outdoor Spring activities have been washouts. I don’t know how we will make up all the soccer games our daughter’s team has had rained out and I am sure it’s the same for softball, baseball and t-ball as well. Still, I like lush better than dry and green better than brown. Don’t curse the rain, you will miss it when it’s gone. -­On a personal note: Congratulations to my pal Rob Butler. He returned to the links after three years battling a shoulder injury to win, with partner Coleman Tidwell Jr., the Peach Blossom golf tournament in Macon over the weekend. I know his dad was looking down from on high, agonizing over every putt and is proud of that win. Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette.

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